Division I - Biology, Chemistry, and Process Engineering

Division I comprises twenty KIT research institutes, the KIT Department of Chemistry and Biosciences and the KIT Department of Chemical and Process Engineering as well as the Helmholtz Research Field Information with P2 - Natural, Artificial and Cognitive Information Processing (NACIP) und P3 - Materials Systems Engineering (MSE).

Together we are focusing on our new research theme "Material and energy cycles in circular economy, life science engineering, process technology and digitalization". In this way, we research and teach the latest processes and methods of material and energy conversion for the circular economy and build a synergistic bridge to the life sciences. In terms of content, the size scales are addressed both theoretically and experimentally from nanogram synthesis to the near-industrial ton scale. All research in Division I is geared to the requirements of a resource-efficient data-based society.

Professor Dr. Andrea Robitzki has been Head of Division I since February 15th, 2020,

Head of Division Prof. Andrea Robitzki
Head of Division I

Prof. Dr. Andrea Robitzki







Contact Team Division I




Material and energy circuits in circular economy, life science engineering, process technology and digitization

Vines (from the left, grapes of wild vine, table grapes, and grapes for wine production) have accompanied civilizations for thousands of years. A genome project has now determined the origin and evolution of vine. (Photo: Karlheinz Knoch, KIT)
Genome Research: Origin and Evolution of Vine

International Project Determines the Origin of Grapevine – KIT’s Wild Vine Database Helps Unveil the Genetic Tree – Publication in Science.

At the new KIT Center of Health Technologies, researchers, together with students and society, want to push digitalization in the healthcare sector, among others. (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)
New KIT Center of Health Technologies Starts Work

The KIT Center “Health Technologies” (KITHealthTech) Is to Promote Digital Transformation of Medical Technologies, Personalized Medicine, and Patient Care.

The Minister-President informed himself about the fully automated laboratory for accelerated material development. (Photo: Daniel Messling, KIT)
Winfried Kretschmann Visits the POLiS Cluster of Excellence

The Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg Informed Himself about the Battery Research Activities of KIT and Ulm University.

The new NECOC facility at KIT produces the high-tech resource carbon out of the climate-harming CO2 in the ambient air. (Photo: Markus Breig)
New Facility at KIT Produces Carbon out of Air

The Climate-friendly NECOC Process Produces Carbon out of the CO2 from Ambient Air.

Thulium is a rare earth metal. The new CRC focuses on the chemistry and physical properties of rare earth compounds. (Photo: Peter Roesky, KIT)
Rare Earth Compounds for High-tech Applications

New Collaborative Research Center CRC 1573 “4f for Future” Focuses on Molecular Compounds with Extraordinary Properties.

The sponge-like structure of the chip (in gray) was produced with salt crystals. In the lab, it is colonized by the red microorganisms within a few days. (Photo: Institute for Biological Interfaces-1, KIT)
Silicone Sponge Captures Unknown Bacteria

KIT Researchers Develop a Chip that Captures Microbial Dark Matter in Air, Water, and Soil – New Tool for Biotechnology and Medicine.

Photocatalytic membrane filtration system with a sun simulator. The membranes are coated with titanium dioxide. (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)
Water Processing: Light Helps Degrade Hormones

KIT Researchers Use Polymer Membranes Coated with Titanium Dioxide for Photocatalytic Cleaning – Results Are Reported in Nature Nanotechnology.

Federal Research Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger (second from the left) started the simulation at KIT’s Energy Lab 2.0. (Photo: Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT; the detailed caption can be found at the end of the text).
Future Energy System: Federal Research Minister Starts Large-scale Simulation at KIT

At KIT’s Energy Lab 2.0, Bettina Stark-Watzinger Started Model of an Energy System Based on Renewable Sources.